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New Brain Scan Technique Can Spot Alzheimer's 15 Years Before Symptoms Appear

We have a powerful new weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's.<p>Scientists have developed a new brain scanning technique which could detect the signs …

‘Have You Had The Talk?’: The Importance Of a Patient Advocate

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Starting a conversation about the end of your life is a difficult but necessary thing to do, and one of the most important …

Nurses say profession changing for worse

Although most nurses say they are satisfied with their jobs, many believe professional conditions are taking a turn for the worse, according to a new …

7 Ways to Build Your Reputation as a Patient Advocate

You’ve been preparing for this day for months or years, and finally, you open the doors to your new practice as a health advocate. Of course, you …

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One Third of Skilled Nursing Patients Harmed in Treatment — ProPublica

One-in-three patients in skilled nursing facilities suffered a medication error, infection or some other type of harm related to their treatment, …

Top 10 Patient Safety Issues for 2014

December 03, 2013 | Print | Email<p>Patient safety is a serious issue. While sentinel events continue to happen in healthcare, the bottom line is no one …

What happens when there is no one to advocate for a patient?

I was recently told a story about an elderly patient on a medical ward. She was frail, almost 100 years old and spoke no English. She presented with …

Patient advocacy is essential in health insurance appeals

30 Shares<p>An active 61 year female, who has been in my practice for 30 years, developed strange aches and pains and abdominal symptoms. My evaluation …

Doctors and nurses are being overloaded with menial tasks

202K Shares<p><i>I’m no economist. In fact, I have never taken any business or accounting classes in my life. But it doesn’t take a formal education to get</i> …

How Many Die From Medical Mistakes In U.S. Hospitals?

It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient's death, the numbers come out worse.<p>In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous "To Err Is Human" report, which dropped a bombshell on the medical community by reporting that up …

So You’ve Become a Patient Safety Statistic

<i>This post, originally published on Sept. 18, 2012, has been updated.</i><p>I often speak to people who have become victims of patient harm. They, or maybe a …

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Partnering with Patients: From Theory to Practice--Sarah Krüg

Patients have a unique expertise that is often overlooked. The day-to-day life experiences of a patient and the wisdom they gain as they navigate …

How Technology Led a Hospital To Give a Patient 38 Times His Dosage | Backchannel

<b>The nurses and doctors summoned</b> to the hospital room of 16-year-old Pablo Garcia early on the morning of July 27, 2013, knew something was terribly …

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How Healthcare Can Fix Patient Engagement

The healthcare industry frequently discusses how to use technology to improve patient engagement, but it's just one step in a complex process that, …

The rise of the private patient advocate

After bouncing around doctors’ offices in an effort to treat her debilitating back pain, Maureen had become discouraged with the lack of progress. …

How Having A Patient Advocate Can Save Your Life

Here's the bad news: If you are old, a woman, or disabled, you are less likely to be trusted when you complain of extreme pain than if you were a young, able-bodied man. You're also more likely to be refused diagnostic testing when you report serious symptoms, or to have your heart attack go …

Majority of dementia patients in aged-care restrained with psychotropic drugs: report

Up to 80 per cent of dementia patients in Australia's aged-care facilities are receiving psychotropic medications, according to a new report by …

Nurses slam erosion of rural aged care

CLAIMS by a nursing union that quality of service was being eroded in rural and regional public aged care centres has been described as “absolute …

Australia

The problem with nursing homes lies in our uncaring work culture

My mother went into a nursing home earlier this year. Contrary to Jeremy Hunt's suggestion that people casually consign elderly relations to care homes rather than caring for them themselves, it was one of the most painful decisions I've ever taken. Judging from others I met in the same situation, …

How the medical profession turned normal aging into a disease

Trouble is, the joke is not all that funny and is getting less so as we both approach the finish line.<p>We constantly forget where we have put keys, wallets, glasses, mail, books, papers, computers, BlackBerrys, clothing, phone numbers—you name it—and usually we blame each other for playful or …

Doctors told to improve dementia diagnosis rates

Doctors will be set a target to diagnose another 160,000 dementia sufferers in a government drive to tackle the incurable brain condition. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, says the NHS has shockingly low dementia diagnosis rates, with 350,000 of the estimated 670,000 people with dementia …

Polypharmacy in the Aging Patient

Abstract<p><b>Importance</b> Hypertension treatment is beneficial for most hypertensive patients. The benefits for patients who are very old and frail, …

Medical Journals

Reducing depression in nursing homes requires more than just antidepressants

More than half (52%) of aged care residents have symptoms of depression, compared with 10-15% of older people living in the community. As well as …

Depression

Euthanasia requests, procedures and outcomes for 100 Belgian patients suffering from psychiatric disorders: a retrospective, descriptive study

Video abstract<p>Strengths and limitations of this study<p>This is the first report on a relatively large (n=100) series of requests for euthanasia …

Mental Health

Access to Medically Necessary and Appropriate Medications

<b>2. Ensuring Appropriate Prescribing of Necessary Medications for Older Canadians</b><p>Older Canadians should not be prescribed medications that we know can …

Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes

Create a free personal account to download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts, customize your interests, and more<p>Yes! Alert me when new content is …

Better solutions needed to support older people leaving hospital care

Many older adults do not have a strong family network to fall back on after they are discharged from hospital<p>In last week’s autumn statement, George Osborne announced that councils across Britain will be allowed to increase council tax by up to 2% to fund adult social care, as well as a top up of …

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